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RAWALPINDI: Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has refused to meet USZ assistant secretary of Defence Peter Lavoy after Leon. Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has refused to meet US assistant secretary of Defence Peter Lavoy after Leon Panetta's accusation. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani's office turned down a request for a meeting by visiting US deputy assistant.
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WikiLeaks cables show Pakistan's army chief considered ousting President Zardari to prevent opposition leader Nawaz Sharif coming to power. Kayani aired the idea during a frantic round of meetings with the US ambassador Anne Patterson in March as opposition leader Nawaz Sharif rallied thousands of supporters in a street movement that threatened to topple the government.
Kayani said that while he disliked Zardari, he distrusted Sharif even more, and appeared to be angling for a solution that would prevent the opposition leader from coming to power.
The cable illustrates the strong behind-the-scenes hand of Pakistan's military in civilian politics only six months after the last military ruler, General Pervez Musharraf, resigned.
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It also highlights the central role of western diplomats in Pakistani power games — as the Americans spoke with Kayani, British diplomats forged their own plan to broker a political deal between warring factions. The crisis was sparked by Zardari's attempt to bar Sharif from running for parliament and his refusal to reinstate the deposed chief justice, Iftikhar Chaudhry. As a powerful protest movement of opposition supporters and lawyers grew in Sharif's stronghold of Lahore, western diplomats scrambled to defuse the situation with Kayani's help.
General Kayani Refuses to Meet US Assistant Secretary: ISPR « Your Pakistan
Jun 11, Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani 's office turned down a request for a meeting by visiting US deputy assistant secretary of defense Peter Lavoyreflecting the strains that have hit ties between the two countries since last year. A meeting was requested by the Americans but the General Headquarters declined it, unnamed Pakistani officials were quoted as saying by The News daily on Monday.
The officials said they were not aware if Lavoy was given any reasons for the decision. US officials in Washington too confirmed the development, the daily reported.
WikiLeaks cables: Pakistani army chief considered plan to oust president
One unnamed Pakistani official indicated the request was turned down because of allegations by US officials that Pakistan was not doing enough to rein in militants operating along the border with Afghanistan. It is to tell the Americans that you cannot be bad-mouthing us day in and day out and then expect a meeting with Pakistan's most powerful personality," the official said.Honor Not To Be Traded For Prosperity- Army Chief Ashfaq Kayani
October 11,9: The skies were clear. On April 30,Gen.
He blinked nervously, pressed his lips tight, and swallowed back tears. It was a rare display of emotion by this normally stoic career soldier, a man often described as having an inscrutable " poker face. Kayani, who issued a public statement on Oct.
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His influence was so wide-ranging that Adm. Mike Mullen, while chairman of the U. Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with him more than two dozen times. Soon, however, he will enter private life.
And barring a post-retirement appointment to a civilian post, such as national security advisor, he will retain little, if any, influence over policymaking. InKayani inherited a fighting force that, under his predecessor, Gen. Battles between the Army and jihadists often resulted in stalemates, followed by peace deals that militants used to strengthen and spread. The security forces, particularly the paramilitary Frontier Corps, were plagued by significant rates of desertions in the tribal areas, mainly by soldiers who opposed fighting other Muslims.